With their cheeky kids n escapades debut I Should Coco, and the success of Alright (a number 2 hit in the summer of 1995), Supergrass have since been often unfairly painted as both one-hit wonders and just another Britpop band.
Both assessments fall well wide of the mark, the band having sold several million albums worldwide, and recorded six top ten singles in the UK, the last of which - Grace, from Life on Other Planets - coming as late as 2002. At the same time as being quite a lot more successful than they’re given credit for, the Coombes brothers - Gaz and Rob - together with Danny Goffey and Mick Quinn grew from the fun-loving criminals portrayed in Caught by the Fuzz to song-writers of some verve and maturity. Who would have expected the slow build and mellow release of a song like Eon from the guys that brought you Mansize Rooster?
Eon appears on the band’s third album, Supergrass, released in 1999. If not as consistently rewarding as second album In it for the Money, it’s still able to surprise and delight: opening track Moving combines atmospheric acoustic and their more typical glam racket, while Pumping on Your Stereo, together with its muppety video by Hammer & Tongs, proved that the kids could still goof out as good as anyone.